Recent Posts by Roberto Landini, Italian Correspondent

Chiariglione’s leadership brings next-gen compression, via HEVC, to industry

For the past 25 years the MPEG Committee’s International Working Group, chaired by Leonardo Chiariglione, has worked hard on developing digital compression formats like MPEG2, MPEG4, and MP3. It’s latest technology, HEVC or High Efficiency Video Codec, made its successful productised introduction at IBC last week. “HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) is the latest video […]  More

WimTV offers new way to monetise sports events online

Centuries of history have taught many ways to monetise events offline. And there are many ways to monetise large events online. However, online monetisation of medium to small events is often a challenge: an in-house service has high setup and maintenance costs, administrative costs of managing payment collection may eat significantly into the revenues, and, […]  More

SKY, Mediaset agree to share UEFA matches

SKY — Italian satellite pay-TV and pay-on-demand TV broadcaster — and Mediaset — digital terrestrial operator with free, pay per view, and subscription (Premium) channels  —  have agreed to exchange sports TV programs. Beginning immediately and for the next three seasons, subscribers to the two networks will be able to see the top Champions League […]  More

Shifts in sports rights seen for Italian TV

This summer is an incredible sports season for Italy, particularly with the European Championship and the Olympic Games. One notable beneficiary of all the activity has been national broadcaster RAI, but the balance among the main media players in Italy may soon change. Sports rights can be very profitable, especially for subscription channels and pay-per-view […]  More

RAI taps BLT servers, Casa Italia for Olympic operations

RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, is taking a different approach to its Olympic production, housing a smaller team at the International Broadcast Centre and a larger one at Casa Italia, the 6,000 sq. ft. facility located at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center near London City, approximately 10 kilometers from the IBC. Casa Italia is […]  More

RAI picks CoralCG for Olympic needs

Italian state broadcaster RAI will work with ClassX, headquartered in Santa Marie a Monte (near Pisa), for all graphics needs related to the London 2012 Olympics. RAI and ClassX worked together on the past two Olympic games, but this year’s coverage will see 3D and live, animated 3D graphics built using the new CoralCG platform. […]  More

Milano International Federation of Sports TV Festival set for December

The European sport content creation community, extending from film to TV to the Internet, will get together in Milan from the 5-9 December for the 30th annual Milano International Federation of Sports Television Festival. Registration is now open and more information is available at The event in Milan includes 150 film screenings in seven […]  More meets needs of Italian sports content creators

Italy, and Milan in particular, continue to become a hub for sports-related technology and media companies. And one of particular interest throughout the country is Datasport, a company that can best be defined as a multimedia and cross-platform laboratory centered on Italian live sport. “We are operating a complete sports service, including results, charts, agenda, […]  More